For two years, DENR Secretary Ramon Paje, who is not known as a target-shooting buddy, sat on all applications for new mining permits.
In fact, he
refused to issue but recalled an environmental clearance certificate to the $5.9 billion copper-gold project of Sagittarius Mines in South Cotabato.
was scared of a resolution adopted by the provincial government banning open pit mining.
Open pit mining is not prohibited under a national law.
had to be told so and it was President Aquino who did.
had drafted a mining policy.
Probably that of the President, unaided by Paje
or Ochoa or abetted by them.
In fairness, Paje
and Ochoa may have known the new policy is practically anti-mining.